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Jonathan Allen papers

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Identifier: MC-0557

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Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional activities of Jonathan Allen. Materials in the collection date from approximately 1950 to 1999. Materials include correspondence, lectures and lecture notes, slides, course notes, and meeting materials.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1999


Access note

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Biographical Note

Jonathan Allen (1934-2000), AB Dartmouth College, 1956, MS from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, 1957, was professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was director of MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics, 1981-2000, and a principal investigator in the Circuits and Systems and the Speech Communications research groups in the laboratory. His research centered on speech processing, computational linguistics, computer architecture, and VLSI circuit design, and he developed an international network of research relationships, and taught courses in many countries. He was the editor of Scientists, Students, and Society, published by the MIT Press in 1970.


70 Cubic Feet (70 record cartons)

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Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Jonathan Allen
Preliminary Inventory
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021 October 25: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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